"The Goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith" (1 Timothy 1:5, NASB)


March 24, 2020


Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. – Hebrews 12:3


Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

We set our minds to contemplate…

…How your Son, without complaint or protest,

     Walked a...

March 24, 2020


Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,...

June 24, 2019

A homily on 1 Kings 19:1-15a and Luke 8:26-39, first delivered at the Village Life gathering on Saturday, June 22, 2019.

“What are you doing here?”

These five words comprise the oracle Elijah received from the Lord.

I wonder if he found it satisfying?

It seems likely he ho...

May 21, 2019

Homily for Easter Three, May 4, 2019

John 21:1-14; Acts 9:1-20

Jesus breaks into routines and transforms lives.

As a boy, I would sometimes visit my grandfather in the summer. Early in life, he owned Seattle’s Maple Leaf grocery store, and he and my grandmother settled o...

April 2, 2019

Homily for Soup & Bread, March 23, 2019

Luke 13:1-9

The ridiculous deposit of snow at our house—two feet plus—has finally melted. Then Spring arrived with eighty-degree temperatures. Boy, were we ready! We got back Sunday from a soul-filling weekend on Lopez Island with...

February 4, 2019


And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire,...

January 27, 2019


By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish w...

December 31, 2018


By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after his birth, because they saw that the child was beautiful; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh’s daughter, cho...

December 15, 2018


By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son, of whom he had been told, “It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you.” He considered the fact that God is able eve...

December 11, 2018


All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homelan...

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